Pookalam – an Onam ritual
Onam, the grand festival of Kerala is an occasion when one would come across floral decorations or atha pookalam. Shown in this video are children collecting flowers and also the preparation of a beautiful atha pookalam. Household, clubs, offices, colleges and schools all take part in preparing floral decorations, which is part of the Onam rituals done to welcome the mythological King Mahabali, who is believed to have ruled Kerala. The ten-day long Onam festival is celebrated by all sections of people.